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July 31, 7:00 P.M. Dinner: Hamburger America and Beyond

July 31, 2024 07:00 PM

A Culinary Roadtrip Through America by James Beard Nominee George Motz

25 11th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA

Owner of the New York Times-lauded restaurant Hamburger America, George Motz, considers himself a scholar of the iconic sandwich—the hamburger. Before launching the Greenwich Village eatery, during the pandemic, he sent burgers down a “burger slide”, from his Brooklyn apartment. Predating the burger slide and Hamburger America the restaurant, was his tome, also appropriately named Hamburger America, where he documented details of the country’s foremost burgers, state-by-state.
For this dinner, the showpiece of his USA-themed menu will be his famed Oklahoma fried onion cheeseburger and the American flavors that inspire George from around the country. 

Dining Table $170 | Internal Chefs Counter $185 | External Chefs Counter $150  

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Hors d’Oeuvre
St. Louis, MO
Toasted Ravioli with Marinara Sauce
Contains dairy and gluten

South Carolina
Pickled Shrimp
Contains shellfish

Relish Tray > Carrot Crudité with Baby Dill Pickles, Cocktail Olives, Crackers, and Crock Cheese
Contains dairy and gluten

Fox Farm Brewery Pilsner
Brandy Old Fashioned

New Orleans, LA
Oysters Motzefeller > Oysters with Chopped Spinach, Romano Cheese, and Diced Onion
Contains dairy and shellfish

Bill's Blend Rose

Fried Onion Cheeseburger
Contains dairy and gluten

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Depression Era Cole Slaw

Bill's Blend Cabernet Sauvignon

Hamburger America’s Chocolate Brownie
Contains dairy and gluten

Organic Valley Whole Milk

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About George Motz:
George Motz is an Emmy Award–winning freelance filmmaker, author and photographer. He has also been called the “foremost authority on hamburgers” by the New York Times, and “America’s biggest burger name ”by Eater L.A. In the spring of 2004 Motz completed Hamburger America, his second documentary film which he shot, produced, edited, and directed. The film was nominated in 2006 for a James Beard Award and in 2011 was recognized by the US National Archives as an integral part of American food history. The film's success led to a state-by-state guide to hamburgers, also titled Hamburger America, a State-by-State Guide to Great Burger Joints. And in 2016, Abrams Books released his first cookbook, The Great American Burger Book, with a fully expanded update set for a Spring 2023 release. George can be seen on his show Burger Scholar Sessions on Complex Media’s First We Feast, heading into its seventh season.
George is also the director and creator of The Food Film Festival in New York City, a multi-sensory series of events where the audience is treated to the food they see on the screen. In addition, George was the host and co-executive producer of Travel Channel's Burger Land, which is based on his book Hamburger America. He can also be found spreading the word of burger around the globe through workshops, consultations, and burger pop-ups. Look for George's new restaurant, Hamburger America, now open in the Soho neighborhood of NYC.

Tickets to events held at Platform at Pier 57 by the James Beard Foundation cover the cost of food, education and a unique dining experience. Meals are prepared by culinary masters from all regions of the United States and around the world. Unless otherwise stated, alcoholic beverages are provided on a complimentary basis and are not included in the ticket price.

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James Beard Foundation events permit guests age 21 years and older to attend events where alcoholic beverages are served. 

Dietary/Food Restrictions Policy:

Events at Platform by JBF are special one-night-only menus and we do not offer a la carte menus. If you have serious food allergies, we will work with the visiting chef team to do our best to accommodate but cannot guarantee that alternate options will be available for every course.

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